I know I am not going to convince you of this but I will plead my case anyway.
Also, I have worked at 3 schools in my career all title 1 and went to a title 1 school personally. UIL sends sports teams in all sports all over this state with buses and trailers and students. Then they continue to do it through the playoffs (made even more ridiculous with several 0-10 teams traveling hours and hours for playoff games.) School districts don't seem to have a problem with that, which is even worse in non-football sports with even more travel and games (just without the band following). When school districts decide to start prioritizing more in the classroom then I am on your side of the argument but they are not going to any time soon. This is great for our students and our programs, if you don't like it then don't go.
1. Hardly anyone gets hotels for Area so let's calm down on that one.
2. The few that make it to state (and only about 1/2ish will NEED hotel rooms) should be proud of their bands, if the football team is going deep into the playoffs are they not sending them along with bands, cheer, etc for many more weeks of travel? That's a lot of buses and trailers also?
3. We need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot on this, kids want to compete (most adults too).
4. We spend so much time and money on this why not one more run?
5. Above All - You do not have to do it! If you don't want to then don't.